Chemistry of Fireworks

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New Year and fireworks.  Pop! Bang! Whooo! Boom! We love them. These are the sounds of celebration.  Although the basic recipe and techniques used in preparing the black powder (gun powder) in modern-day fireworks is the same as it was 500 years ago, advances in chemistry have allowed us to create spectacular displays we enjoy today.  Join our speaker, Chris Mocella as he describes the delicate chemistry that brings loud sounds and brilliant colorful images to welcome your new year. Just don’t try this at home!

What You Will Learn

  • The basic “re-dox” principles in pyrotechnic reactions
  • Chemical ingredients in fireworks
  • Putting fireworks together and igniting them
  • Special effects: color generation and “stars”

The Fine Print

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Meet the Expert

Chris Mocella
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Laboratories

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